Last update: Oct. 28, 2018
Apollonian and Dionysian is the concept originated from Greek mythology, which were popularized by Friedrich Nietzsche’s work The Birth of Tragedy. Here, we apply the concept of Dionysian to describe music of this kind: the audience and the players are completely immersed in the performance such that they forget the past, the future, and anything else unrelated to the present moment. Everyone are fully enjoying the present moment and immersed with the rest; the boundary between individuals vanishes such that every one is everyone, and everyone’s happiness is every one’s happiness. This is experience-oriented (rather than goal-oriented) bliss, which in Jungian cognitive functions, is a process that Se achieves its climax.
In this article, the author collects the music he thinks to be of Dionysian music. If there is any other definition of Dionysian music contradicted with author’s definition, the author shall redefine Dionysian music. In another word, the author will use his own definition rather than otherwise. It is worth noting that when enjoying Dionysian music, the audience should not just listen to the music, but they also need to look at the scene, trying to immerse themselves into to the play, which is the key of going into the Dionysian states.